Rochdale Canal Bridge 23 – Todmorden, UK
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N 53° 43.462 W 002° 03.260
30U E 562395 N 5953269
Quick Description: This stone footbridge is incorporated into lock 14 on the Rochdale Canal near to the town of Todmorden.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 7/2/2012 10:35:42 AM
Waymark Code: WMERQ2
The Canal History
The Rochdale canal is 32 miles long and connects Manchester on the west side of the Pennine Hills and Sowerby Bridge on the east side.
The Rochdale Canal was completed in 1804 and is one of three canals that cross the Pennine hills. This is the only one that doesn’t use tunnels. In addition it was a broad canal with bridges and locks that allowed boats of 14 feet width to pass through.
The one downside of not using tunnels is that it originally had 92 locks. These days two of them have been combined into one deep lock.
Competition from railways and roads subsequently led to a decline in goods being carried and by 1937 the only section left in operation was at the Manchester end of the canal.
In 1965 there was talk of abandoning the canal but by this time leisure boating had become very popular in the UK and there was a campaign to keep it open. Work was started and the canal slowly re-opened in a number of different stages. The whole length finally reopened in September 2007.
All the locks on the canal have a standard length of 72 feet (22 metres).
Details of the bridge
This is bridge number 23 on The Rochdale Canal and was built in 1798 by Jessop and Crossley engineers. This is at the time that the part of the canal between Sowerby Bridge and Rochdal was opened, earlier than some other parts of the canal.
It is incorporated into the stone work of lock 14, Holmcoat lock.
A lock always forms the narrowest part of the canal and so incorporating the bridge into the lock makes it smaller and cheaper to build.
The bridge carries occasional single file vehicular traffic and also provides pedestrian access to both sides of the lock to allow operation of the lock gates.
It has a single segmental arch with band and dressed stone parapet.
Physical Location (city, county, etc.): Todmorden
Road, Highway, Street, etc.: Unnamed road
Water or other terrain spanned: The Rochdale Canal
Architect/Builder: Jessop and Crossley engineers
Construction Date: 1/1/1798
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